“For sheer reading pleasure Ladee Hubbard’s original and wildly inventive novel is in a class by itself.”
“A quirky, bittersweet comedy, Hubbard’s novel offers an original perspective on the legacy of the civil rights movement… Crafts an irresistible idea of activists with de facto superpowers challenging the racist power structure of mid-20th century America.”
– Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Ladee Hubbard delivers a fascinating twist on DuBois’ notion of the Talented Tenth in her debut novel… The Talented Ribkins recalls Colson Whitehead’s first novel, The Intuitionist.”
“An entertaining coming-of-age story that flips the ‘magical Negro’ trope on its head… Inspired by a W.E.B. Du Bois essay, Hubbard delicately dissects race, class, and politics by calling on her characters to justify their actions beyond their well-meaning intentions.” – BUST
“First-time novelist Ladee Hubbard has created a collection of misfits like no other in The Talented Ribkins… fascinating… Hubbard’s tale ultimately transcends race, class and time itself.”
"To describe this novel, as someone inevitably will, as Song of Solomon reimagined as a Marvel Comics franchise is to shortchange its cleverness and audacity."
- Kirkus Reviews